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Useful information for shore excursions in Amber Cove
We have put together below all information about the cruise port, the most beautiful attractions as well as other tips for your cruise excursions in Amber Cove.
The most beautiful attractions in Amber Cove/Puerto Plata
With the arrival of Carnival Victory, from October 6, 2015 onwards Amber Cove is offically a private harbour of the Carnival Corporation. The cruise port is located in the west of the city of Puerto Plata in a picturesque bay with a beautiful tropical backdrop. Not only Carnival ships but also those of the group’s subsidiaries such as Fathom, Costa Cruises, P&O, Cunard and Holland America Line regularly visit this $85-million artificial city. A holiday resort accessible only to cruise guests has been built offering a variety of activities.
Amber Cove is the starting point for cruise shore excursions to the most beautiful landscapes of the Dominican Republic. You will find curved hills and green-forested mountains which show a variety of different nature forms here. Take this opportunity and marvel at more than 8,000 different plant species and the rich wildlife. Parrots, flamingos, hummingbirds and pelicans are just a few of the many birds that are native to the area. Overall, the island has over 30 natural parks and reserves.
If you want to explore the attractions of the area, you can start from Amber Cove with many suitable shore excursions – whether in an organized tour or on your own.
The small artificially created city Amber Cove is architecturally oriented to the typical Caribbean style. Houses of the “village” were built in colonial Victorian and Fortaleza style and reflect the periods of colonization of the island. The complex offers a welcome center, shops, bars, various theme restaurants and a covered market square with handicrafts and souvenirs.
From Bar 360, you can admire the entire property from the top in addition to enjoying a cool drink. At the heart of all, you have many opportunities to go shopping, enjoy gastronomic offers as well as acess to recreation and water sports. There is a small water park with pools, waterslides, an artificial river and cabanas (small cottages). Also a 200-m/ 656-ft long zip line is available for a short adrenaline kick.
If you want to see the nearest city with about 300,000 inhabitants, we recommend driving to Puerto Plata which is about 12 km/ 7.5 mi away. Visit the Fortaleza San Felipe Fort, marvel at the Caribbean wooden houses in the city center or stroll along the seaside promenade.
The city of Puerto Plata was first discovered in the 1490s by Christopher Columbus on one of the famous discovery trips to America. This was the first settlement that took place in America, and was called La Isabela. In 1540, the first fort “Fuerte de San Felipe” of the New World was built and the port eventually became a stopover for traders between Europe and this area. To this day, the fort is one of the oldest military fortresses of the colonial era in the region.
The area continued to grow into the largest city on the north coast, and in the 1970s tourism became an important aspect of the region. This also created numerous opportunities for visitors to enjoy many activities here. Cruise guests will find bars, rum and cigar factories in Puerto Plata, as well as miles of white sandy beach. The Atlantic coast offers more than 100 km/ 6.2 mi of beaches, coastal villages and hotels. The popular Ocean World Adventure Park is located on the outskirts of the city, about 20 minutes north of Amber Cove and 30 minutes from Damajagua Falls, south of Puerto Plata.
Today’s highlight of the city is the cable car leading to the more than 793m/ 2,601ft high Pico Isabel de Torres. Once at the top there is a great view of Puerto Plata and the surrounding north coast of the Dominican Republic. At its top there is a statue of Jesus identical to that of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil – all in the midst impressive scenery of a beautiful botanical garden.
Beaches of Amber Cove
The Sosua coastline is about 25 km/ 15.5 mi from Puerto Plata and has a large, beautiful beach (Playa de Sosúa). The beach is about 1km/ 0.6mi long and connects the two districts Los Charamicos and El Batey together.
Cabarete is located on the north coast and about 40 km/ 24.8 mi east of Puerto Plata. This beach is famous as the best spot for windsurfers, kitesurfers and surfers in the Caribbean. World Cup races take place regularly there. Once a year, Cabarete chooses its “Master of the Ocean” through a combination of windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. The windsurfers meet at the main beach, right at the village center. There are also surf schools. Kitesurfers can find their spot about 1 km/ 0.6 mi west on Kitebeach. The estuary of Río Yásica, called “La Boca” is ideal for kitesurfing due to its shallow water and wind.
Surfers can meet at Playa Encuentro, about 5 km/ 3.1 mi west of Cabarete. The local conditions, however, require appropriate technique and experience.
Brugal Rum Center
A visit to the Brugal rum factory will give you the opportunity to see how sugarcane is transformed into the Dominican Republic’s largest export commodity. Named after the Catalan expatriate Andres Brugal, you can learn about the history, production and varieties of the famous Brugal rum here. For five generations, the Brugal family has been building and burning their unmistakable rum on the island and providing insights into the family’s personal history. The patriarch learned his trade in Cuba before moving to the Dominican Republic.
Map of the cruise port in Amber Cove
Carnival Corporation’s private harbor, the so-called “Amber Cove Cruise Center“, offers enough footbridge space for two large cruise ships at the pier which also reaches far into the sea. Up to 8,000 cruise passengers can be processed by the facility daily. It is even designed for an annual passenger volume of up to 400,000.
The cruise terminal is a 10-minute walk from the pier. You can either walk this route or use one of the rickshaws to board the terminal quickly and safely.
The area offers everything you need, even if you do not want to participate in any excursion. On site you will find a shopping mall, restaurant & bars, a water park with slides, a zip-line, a car rental service and a tourist office.
Things to know about shore excursions in and around Amber Cove
Shipping companies and routes
Amber Cove is a private port of Carnival Corporation. This means that only vessels of the Carnival brand and its subsidiaries, such as Fathom, Costa Cruises, P & O, Cunard, Seabourn and Holland America Line can call here.
Most of these shipping companies call at Amber Cove as part of a Caribbean or Transatlantic cruise, primarily in the winter season.
Immigration and visa
U.S. citizens and also U.K. citizens must have a valid passport to enter Dominican Republic. No visa is required for stays less than 6 months if you have an onward or return ticket.
For more accurate and up-to-date information please contact your cruise operator regarding the valid entry requirements.
The official currency in the Dominican Republic is the peso (RD $ or DOP). Many places in the Dominican Republic also accept US dollar or euro. However, you shoud be careful because sometimes it can be more expensive to pay with foreign currencies. (1 dollar = 50 pesos; 1 euro = 65.76 pesos)
Taxi and other public transports
Taxis of the “Amber Cove Taxi Association” are always available at the check-in area of the cruise terminal. The “official” taxis of Amber Cove can be recognized by the clean white vehicles and uniformly dressed drivers. These taxis are the ones that are allowed to drive directly into the port area and also at fixed prices. They take you to the surrounding cities or to the beach – just as you wish. Prices are for a group of up to 5 people per way. Each additional person costs a surcharge. Prizes start at $ 25 and go up to $ 90 for a ride to La Isabela.
Once outside the fenced Amber Cove harbor area, you will also find the “independent” taxis. Although they seem to have a much cheaper fare, you should definitely negotiate well if using these.
Due to the always summery climate, the Caribbean is a year-round destination. Temperatures often varies between 25 to 30 °C / 77 to 86 °F. The main travel time is between November – March, outside the rainy season. In other months you have to expect rain and between July and October also hurricanes.
- Official website: Amber Cove
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